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File:Catherine Spence 4.jpeg|thumb|right|Portrait, c. 1880 File:Catherine Spence 3.jpeg|thumb|right|Oil painting of Spence by Maude Gordon, c. 1900 File:Catherine Helen Spence plate, Melrose.jpg|thumb|200px|A wall plaque at the Townhouse Hotel in Melrose, Scotland. Spence lived the first 14 years of her life in a building which is now part of the hotel. File:Australian 5note back (new).jpg|thumb|200px|Centenary of Federation $5 note. File:J150W-Spence.jpg|thumb|200px|Plaque on the Jubilee 150 Walkway. '''Catherine Helen Spence''' (31 October 1825 – 3 April 1910) was a Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician, leading suffragist, and Georgist. In 1897 she became Australia's first female political candidate after standing (unsuccessfully) for the Federal Convention held in Adelaide. Called the "Greatest Australian Woman" by Miles Franklin and given the nomenclature of "Grand Old Woman...
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Birth date{{Birth date|1825|10|31|df=yes}}
Birth placeMelrose, Scotland
Death date{{death date and age|1910|4|3|1825|10|31|df=yes}}
Death placeNorwood, South Australia
Resting place| occupation = Author, teacher, journalist and politician
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAustralian
EthnicityScottish
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